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, everybody, and welcome. i'm steve coll, i'm the president of the new america foundation, and it's my pleasure to welcome you to this event briefly. and to introduce our subject which from our perspective involves the launch of a book that somebody will hold up for the audience since i don't have a copy. talibanistan. laugh -- [laughter] and i just wanted to say a few words about where this book came from and why the subject matter that you'll hear discussed today struck us as or worthy of what became really a couple of years of endeavor at new america led by peter bergen who will be your moderator through most of the program today. peter and katherine teedman, who unfortunately is not with us today, co-edited this book. it's a collection of scholarly and journalistic articles about the taliban and it environment in southern afghanistan and western pakistan. and it was born as an attempt at new america by a diverse group of researchers to try to get at some of the diversity of the taliban itself at a time when the united states was really puzzling over its resurgence as a movement, as
for 2013 national book critics circle awards. first, after words with steve call. his book takes a look at the corporation that has greater revenues than the economies of many western nations. this is a little under an hour. >> hi. thank you so much for joining a state. congratulations on what is quite an achievement. >> thank you. >> first of all, i really enjoyed the book. it read like a novel. i mean, it really read like non-fiction in places, which are short and as a writer you encountered some of that feeling as well. i know as a reporter who has dealt with exxon mobil a good chunk of her career, how difficult it probably was to probe this company. let's start there. white exxon mobil? added you come to the subject? why this company? how was it -- how did it differ from some of your other subjects? >> it is an interesting -- to me it was an interesting journey because, as you point out, i started out as a business reporter on wall street when i was young. then i went abroad and worked on more national subjects. after september 11 the road about the origins of those attacks and 20 y
were talking about -- i said, hey, i'm interviewing steve. any questions for him? he brought up apple. and apple is now more valuable than exxonmobil. it's also secretive. also thin-skinned. but apple is cool. >> guest: exactly. >> host: everybody likes apple. do you -- it's kind of a two-parter. do you think exxonmobil's strategy has tarnished the rest of the oil business, and every in big oil is bad, and do you think it's spread to other companies and in the case of apple, seems to be thin-skinned and controlling and secretive and still hip and cool and people leak you. >> guest: i went back and looked at the top five corporations in the united states from 1949 to the present. and ex-son is always on the list. and the companies around rise and fall. where the companies in the '50s that were number one and two, u.s. steel, don't exist anymore. you look at today, apple and exxonmobil are one and two. ten years ago it was exxonmobil and wal-mart, microsoft is always in the mix. but 50 users from now, which one do you think is more likely to be around, exxonmobil or apple? that's one qu
join me in welcoming steve. [applause] >> let me add my welcome to all of you. i think we're going to have a real treat this morning. as john mentioned, i am a special forces officer by profession. so this area is near and dear to my heart. this is kind of what we do or did. it'll let me do it anymore. [laughter] i mentioned to max when he came in a little historical artifact in that when i was a cadet at west point i bought a book that had just been published. a two volume set. it was called war in the shadows , the guerrilla in history by robert aspirate. that book from 1975 until now really has been the sort of a benchmark for this kind of historical review of this subject area. that is a long time for a book tour keep that sort of position. well, with apologies, i think his book is being replaced not. max has done that. with this book which is on sale outside, invisible armies, he, i think, has set the new benchmark for the subject area. his book is very, very comprehensive. it is somewhat chronological, but not entirely. it is somewhat regional, but not entirely, and it is som
to back him on everything. he had some concerns about reagan's for steve staff, james baker who had come from the other wing of the party. he questioned whether someone like that could put his heart into a reagan program. a couple years after that, rusher is very upset about i guess you could call them technical pr mistakes on the part of communications people in the white house, so and so are to be fired, didn't happen. his main concern in giving advice to reagan which he didn't do a lot of, his main concern seemed to be let's make sure we are effectively communicating with the american people in getting around the liberal media which is a great but of rusher's and rightly so. on iran-contra what i say in the book is he followed it with a dutiful interests. i don't think he had a great emotional investment but he is a syndicated columnist for over 30 years and wrote a number of columns about iran-contra taking the president's side and it came down to this -- he thought maybe reagan was guilty of a few errors of judgment but he said it seems to have come down to an overly solicitous atti
worry very much about that's not going to happen. so thank you. >> thank you, peter bergen and steve coll, new america for both the book and this presentation. as peter mentioned to you, i will talk about two things. one, the poll that my organization, terror free tomorrow conducted in the fog off. and this will complement what hassan addressed. while much focus on the fatah deservedly has been on the militants there, as well as the united states drone strikes in the area, not as much attention has been paid to the actual people who live there, in their point of view. in our public opinion survey, while not starving and some of its conclusions, i think it's an insight into where future policy might head. here's some of the key findings, and their set forth in the book in detail. nearly nine out of every 10 residents in the fatah region opposed u.s. military operation. this is not a few that slightly held. in fact, passionately and intensely help but here's one measure of why. when only one in 10 people, flat top, flat top, one and 10 full-time residents, in tribal areas think that su
lincoln would do this. lincoln asked steve for a letter of introduction with a professional woman, and i don't me agriculture. it was an occupation that predated agriculture. what we have pieced together is lincoln visited the prostitute and he had maybe three dollars with him, which was a lot of money. not eliot spitzer money, but a pretty fair amount of money. and the prostitute apparently charges lincoln five bucks. which was an enormous amount of money. so lincoln says to her, ma'am, i have to tell you, -- honest abe. he says i cap afford it. eye only have the. she knows speed to it's a possible he could pay her when he gets the money. he doesn't have the movement we know that either, a., because lincoln got embarrassed or, b., his honor got the best of him, but once she said to lincoln you can pay me later or maybe this one is on the house, lynn ran -- lincoln ran out the door. so it was not a happy ending, it was a good ending. so what i thought i'd do for the main body of my remarks today is tell you just a couple of my favorite stories, not just about mistresses in history but mo
lewinski scandal and the al capone trial or the death of john dillinger. beautiful columns by steve and peggy noonan and michael daley but then jack london talking about the 1906 earthquake in san francisco and it has a sense of a perspective that we've visited a lot of this stuff before and great storytelling creates a perspective on our own problems. >> the destruction that is almost never talk about outside of texas puts to shame what's happened in new york with the hurricane. hundreds of thousands of people affected, destroyed and to read about it and see that there were people on the ground who knew about it and cared about it and were wondering at a time will anybody remember this and when the years have gone by it's really important for people to get the perspective. >> when we balance the scandals and the tragedies as well it's amazing when you read the perfect game the column where he calls him the cinderella man that is later made into a movie has never been before. we found it in the new york public library you get these great inspiring stories along with the stories and
drink it. i talk to a fellow named steve from the ctc and asked the same thing. there are hundreds of thousands of children in bangladesh dying of bacterial diarrhea and bacterial pneumonia in bangladesh. he was pleased that the cholera hospital. these diseases have been murderous over centuries. why bother with this virus that kills a few dozen each year when you have these other diseases? he told me that this is such a nasty diseases and has such potential we cannot ignore it simply because it is no small it could be large. yes it is important to take the old fashioned diseases like cholera seriously and keep it in perspective but also vigilant about the new emerging diseases because in 1981 we had it is seized emerge called aids that was one of the influenza emerging new each year and it is also capable to kill millions. that is the response i have heard wide to take the small boutique diseases very seriously. so what we do to stop or contain, in some cases, we probably do more harm than good. to panting and what they are spraying with comic you -- we have done so much damage bu
on feb. 20 eighth. we start with steve call followed by reynard brandy and robert caro. at 5:00 p.m. widow of jack nelson and editor of mr. nelson's memoirs sits down with president carter and and terry adamson to discuss his life and career. flint and pillaring and leverett argue change in policy for the government of iran is necessary. that is a 9:00 eastern. and 2:00 p.m. william rhodes exports the current state of economic and financial challenges facing europe and asia. watch these programs and more all weekend long on booktv. for complete scheduled visit booktv.org. >> finance starts in the 1930s with sophia quarter ended the spinoff of the 1930s, the 1930s unknown from everything from the hard economic times of the 1930s you see everything from alcoholics anonymous in the 1930s to people thinking they could get rich to various social activist movements, fascism and communism had a huge appeal and there is the fulcrum going on out there. so personal finance out of this over a period of years and her goal is to educate people that the great depression will never happen again.
. and then we saw it again when steve forbes, another good friend, you know, was working on the european crisis at the time and was trying to make sense of certain aspects. and he came out and said this is a must read for angela merkel, nicolas sarkozy and dave cameron. now, in my way of thinking he left out some southern european countries that might also have gotten something out of it, but it's easy to see why, you know, a after you get a read of it, you know, why so many people need to know what bill knows and how he knew it and what he did with it in terms of doing it. now, everybody knows that bill spent 53 years at citigroup. now, i've heard over 50, bill, i've heard 55 today, and so we're going to go with over 50. that's a considerable amount of time. and when you think about that time frame and going back and whatever, he was a devout disciple of our late and great chairman of citi, walter or riston. walter, again, when you talk about bill and you talk about walter, you're talking about icons in this field. now, every single treasury secretary would come to see walter riston, and there
is steve lopez and peggy noonan, but then you read jack london about the 1906 earthquake in san francisco and it does create a sense of perspective. we been through a lot of this stuff before and it's great storytelling that creates perspective on our problems. the instruction of galveston outside of texas puts to shame i just have been in new york with hurricane stan knee. hundreds of thousands of people affect it, destroy to see there were people on the ground who knew about it, cared about it and were even wondering at the time, will anyone remember this? will people remember what happened to this town. it's important for people to get that data. thematically balanced tragedy to triumph as well. when you need surely povich on john larsen's perfect game, damon runyon's column where he calls cinderella man, later made into a movie. we found it in the new york public library, see her get these inspiring stories across with this scandal, tragedy and triumph. the new cycle right now involving a scandal really does show you we've been through this stuff before. every generation replaced ephe
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